Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics is an annual forum in New York City that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, healing, culture and spirituality.

In recent years, a growing community of scientists, doctors, artists, activists, seekers and scholars have orchestrated a renaissance in psychedelic thought and practice. Horizons brings together the brightest minds and the boldest voices of this movement to share their research, insights, and dreams for the future.

Our tenth conference is on Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at The Cooper Union Great Hall.

Horizons Media, Inc. is a 501c(3) not-for-profit educational charity led by Kevin Balktick, Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., Ingmar Gorman, M.A., and James Vasile, Esq.

Alicia Danforth, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
3:50 pm - 4:25 pm

Researcher
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

“Exploring MDMA-Assisted Therapy as a Social Adaptability Catalyst for Autistic Adults”

(more info)

Jag Davies

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
10:20 am - 11:05 am

Director of Communications Strategy,
Drug Policy Alliance

“Envisioning Success: What Does the End of Psychedelic Criminalization Look Like?”

(more info)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
11:05 am - 11:50 am 

MAPS Founder and Executive Director

Presenting with Natalie Lyla Ginsberg
“Rescheduling MDMA: History and Future”

(more info)


Natalie Lyla Ginsberg

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
11:05 am - 11:50 am 

MAPS Policy and Advocacy Manager

Presenting with Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
“Rescheduling MDMA: History and Future”

(more info)

Ingmar Gorman, M.A.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Doctoral Student, New School for Social Research
Department of Psychology
The New School for Social Research

Presenting with Katherine Maclean, Ph.D.

Psychedelic Integration: From the Individual to the Community”

(more info)

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
1:50 pm- 2:35 pm

Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

 The Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project: Psilocybin-Occasioned Mystical-Type Experiences: Implications for Spirituality, Altruism, and Therapeutics”

(more info)


Jesse Jarnow

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
10:15 am - 11:00 am

Author, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

"An Alternate and Ongoing History of Psychedelics"

(more info)

Robert Jesse

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
3:55 pm - 4:40 pm

Convenor of the Council on Spiritual Practices

"Psychedelics: The Uncertain Paths From Re-emergence to Renaissance"

(more info)

Bia Labate, Ph.D.

Sunday October 9th, 2016
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Guadalajara, Mexico

“The Field of Ayahuasca Research: A Retrospective”

(more info)


Katherine Maclean, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
4:30 pm- 5:15 pm

Director, Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, Center for Optimal Living

Presenting with Ingmar Gorman, M.A.
Psychedelic Integration: From the Individual to the Community”

(more info)

Sarah Mennenga, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Presenting with Stephen Ross, M.D., and Samantha Podrebarac, MSc

"The NYU Psilocybin Project: Insights from Basic Neuroscience"

(more info)

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
11:55 am - 12:40 pm

Lead Clinical Investigator and Medical Monitor, MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy Research – An Update on 12 years of Successful Clinical Trials

(more info)


Jessica Nielson, Ph.D.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

Assistant Professional Researcher
Department of Neurosurgery at the Brain and Spinal Injury Center at University of California, San Francisco

"Ayahuasca for PTSD: Assessing Benefits and Risks Through Multiple Perspectives"

(more info)

Samantha Podrebarac, M.Sc.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine and Masters Student at the Spirituality Mind-Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University

Presenting with Stephen Ross, M.D., and Sarah Mennenga, Ph.D.

"The NYU Psilocybin Project: Neuroimaging and Spiritual Health"

(more info)

Stephen Ross, M.D.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Child, & Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Presenting with Sarah Mennenga, Ph.D., and Samantha Podrebarac, MSc

“The NYU Psilocybin Project: History and Future”

(more info)


Ellen Spiro

Sunday October 9th, 2016
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Professor of Radio, TV, Film at the University of Texas, Austin and documentary film maker

Presenting with Bia Labate, Ph.D.

"The Field of Ayahuasca Research: A Retrospective"

(more info)

Fred Tomaselli

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
11:10 am - 11:55 pm

American artist focusing on psychedelic and visionary art

"My Chemical Sublime"

(more info)

Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

“Beyond Healing: Psychedelics as Cognitive Tools for Learning”

(more info)

FRIDAY

OCTOBER 7TH, 2016
7:30 pm – 10:00 PM
RECEPTION

CHURCH OF
THE HOLY APOSTLES
296 NINTH AVENUE

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 8TH, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
CONFERENCE DAY I

THE COOPER UNION GREAT HALL
7 E 7th STREET

SUNDAY

OCTOBER 9TH, 2016
9:30 AM – 5:45 PM
CONFERENCE DAY II

THE COOPER UNION GREAT HALL
7 E 7TH STREET


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2016

7:30pm - 11:30pm

Church of The Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Please join us us for an enchanting celebration
of our tenth year at beautiful church in Chelsea.

MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY:

Andrew Kalleen, grand piano
Michael T.C. Hey, pipe organ
Jason Lindner : Oscillations, keyboards, bass guitar, and synthesizers
Haleh Liza & Matt Kilmer, vocals and percussion

Bar service by Jeff Stark of NonsenseNYC
Cuisine by Dilara Erbay of Abracadabra Brooklyn

(Food & drink will be sold on a concession basis.)

Want to bring your friends who aren't attending the conference?
Reception tickets are available for $20 in advance or walk-in, while supplies last.


Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The Cooper Union Great Hall
7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

9:00 am

Doors open

9:45 am - 10:10 am

Welcome

Kevin Balktick
Founder of Horizons: Perspectives in Psychedelics

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Speaker Curator and Master of Ceremonies

10:15 am - 11:00 am

"An Alternate and Ongoing History of Psychedelics"

Jesse Jarnow

Author, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

11:05 am - 11:50 am

“Rescheduling MDMA: History and Future"

Rick Doblin, Ph.D. 
MAPS Founder and Executive Director

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg
MAPS Policy and Advocacy Manager

11:55 am - 12:40 pm

"MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research: An Update on 12 Years of Successful Clinical Trials"

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.
Lead Clinical Investigator and Medical Monitor, MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch

1:50 pm - 2:35 pm

The Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project: Psilocybin-Occasioned Mystical-Type Experiences: Implications for Spirituality, Altruism, and Therapeutics”

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2:40 pm - 3:25 pm

“The NYU Psilocybin Project: History and Future”

Stephen Ross, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine

Sarah Mennenga, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Samantha Podrebarac, M.Sc.
Clinical Research Coordinator with the NYU Experimental Therapeutics Research Group

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Break

3:50 pm - 4:25 pm

“Exploring MDMA-Assisted Therapy as a Social Adaptability Catalyst for Autistic Adults”

Alicia Danforth, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Psychedelic Integration: From the Individual to the Community”

Katherine Maclean, Ph.D.

Director, Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, Center for Optimal LIving

Ingmar Gorman, M.A.
Doctoral Student, New School for Social Research
Department of Psychology

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm

Adjourn

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Speaker Curator and Master of Ceremonies

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Cooper Union Great Hall
7 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

9:30 am

Doors open

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Speaker Curator and Master of Ceremonies

10:20 am - 11:05 am

“Envisioning Success: What Does the End of Psychedelic Criminalization Look Like?”

Jag Davies

Director of Communications Strategy, Drug Policy Alliance

11:10 am - 11:55 pm

"My Chemical Sublime"

Fred Tomaselli
Artist

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

“Beyond Healing: Psychedelics as Cognitive Tools for Learning”

Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm

Lunch

1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

"Ayahuasca for PTSD: Assessing Benefits and Risks Through Multiple Perspectives"

Jessica Nielson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professional Researcher for the Department of Neurosurgery at the Brain and Spinal Injury Center
University of California, San Francisco

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

“The Field of Ayahuasca Research: A Retrospective"

Bia Labate, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara, Mexico

Ellen Spiro
Professor of Radio, TV, Film at the University of Texas in Austin

3:35 pm - 3:50 pm

Break

3:55 pm - 4:40 pm

"Psychedelics: The Uncertain Paths From Re-emergence to Renaissance"

Robert Jesse

Convener of the Council on Spiritual Practices

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

All speaker panel

5:35 pm - 5:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Kevin Balktick
Founder of Horizons: Perspectives in Psychedelics

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Speaker Curator and Master of Ceremonies

5:45 pm

Adjourn

Please take a moment to read our Philosophy, Policies and Ticket Tier
explanations before purchasing tickets using the form below.

TICKET TIERS

Standard | $111

Standard tickets accurately reflect the price of producing the conference from year to year.

We think this is a very reasonable price for a full weekend of learning, community and entertainment in the heart of New York City.

Please purchase a standard price ticket if you are able, even if the Student / Hardship tier is still on sale.

Patron | $250

Patron tickets allow us to grow by investing in international speakers, state-of-the-art conference facilities with larger capacities, and higher production values.

Patron ticket purchasers are provided with reserved front-and-center seating and express mail delivery of conference credentials in order to avoid lines at check-in.

Student/
Hardship
 | $88

Student / Hardship tickets are offered for those who have challenging financial circumstances, such as full-time scholarship or under/unemployment.

They are highly subsidized, and thus limited in number. Please only purchase a Student / Hardship ticket if it is impossible for you to afford a Standard ticket.

These tickets are limited in number, may have their price increased closer to the event, and will sell out well before the conference.

Day Pass| $66


Day passes are offered for those who wish to only attend one day of the conference.

Day passes are final sales and may not be transferred to another day.

Day passes do not include admission to the reception.


PHILOSOPHY

Horizons tickets are sold in three tiers, on the honor system. Please choose the tier you are most able to afford.

All Patron, Standard, and Student/Hardship tickets include entrance to all programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Horizons is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational charity.

Our goal is simply to share knowledge, create dialogue, build community and break even.

We try to make the conference as affordable as possible while maintaining professional standards.

Registration prices have increased slowly over the years in order to support larger audiences and higher quality production.

The conference has no funding beyond ticket revenue.

POLICIES

There are no refunds, but tickets are transferrable.

Advance tickets are recommended. On show days, check the website for status of walk-in tickets.

Line up and schedule are subject to change.

Horizons is an all-ages event, but children must be silent in the auditorium.

All children who require their own seat must have their own ticket.

With the exception of Patron tickets, seating is first-come, first-served.

Your personal information is kept strictly confidential. We do not sell, lease or lend our guest database to anyone.

All photo and video recording and usage is subject to our media policy.

Additional Guest Policies are below in the “Guest Policies and Et Cetera” section.

Venue

The conference venue for both Saturday, October 8th, 2016 and Sunday, October 9th, 2016 is The Cooper Union Great Hall, at 7 East 7th Street, New York NY 10003.

The most convenient trains are the 6 at Astor Place and the N/R at 8th St, and the 4, 5, 6, N, Q and R at Union Square is also nearby.

There is no parking at the venue.

The Cooper Union Great Hall is an ADA-accessible facility.

Seating is first come first serve, other than reserved Patron seats.

Food and drink other than water is not allowed in the auditorium.

There is no coat check available.

The reception venue for Friday, October 7th, from 7:30pm-11:30pm is Church of the Holy Apostles at 926 Ninth Avenue at W 28th St in Chelsea.

Lodging, Parking, & Transit

Horizons does not have any official hotel, lodging, or parking partners.

We recommend using hotel search engines to find options that match your price point.

Any hotel in downtown or midtown Manhattan will be very convenient. Downtown Brooklyn is also a very short subway ride. Long Island City, Queens also has many hotels with convenient subway access.

Airbnb is also well-regarded in New York City.

Use Google Maps to estimate transit time between locations in New York City. Please keep this in mind if you are booking accommodations in the outer boroughs or far uptown.

SpotHero is helpful for finding parking garages, although driving is typically not a recommended way to arrive in downtown Manhattan.


Press & Recording

Horizons is a press-friendly event and often provides access to the conference, speakers, and recordings, with advance notice and coordination.

If you are a member of the press who is actively engaged in reportage about psychedelic drugs, please contact us via email with “PRESS REQUEST” in the subject line.

Professional quality recording devices must be registered in advance and the use of recordings is limited by our media agreement.

Speakers may request that their presentations not be recorded, and all guests and members of the press must comply. Use of all recordings from the conference are limited by our media agreement.

Guests may photograph and record the proceedings, so long as they do not interfere with the enjoyment of the conference by other guests.

Guest Policies and Et Cetera

Ticket and registration policies are detailed in the “REGISTRATION” section above.

Speaking at Horizons is via invitation only and we do not accept proposals for consideration.

We also do not accept proposals for info tables, poster sessions, film screenings, arts exhibitions, or other supplementary programming.

Commercial solicitation or distribution of flyers, brochures, advertisements, etc. without prior consent is prohibited, regardless of good intentions or noble causes.

We reserve the right to eject without refund anyone who treats our venue, staff, speakers, or fellow guests without respect.


 

Email Us

If you have questions about speakers, tickets, venues, lodging, transportation, or other logistical questions, please be sure to read the sections above in their entirety before contacting us.

Please understand that speaking at Horizons is by invitation only, and we do not accept proposals for consideration.

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